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Memorial Day events around D.C. region

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On this Memorial Day, the nation will pause to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. A number of events are underway or planned across the D.C. region.

People gathered at the National World War II Memorial in D.C. for Memorial Day festivities. Photo: Jummy Olabanji/WJLA

President Obama lead the nation’s remembrance by laying a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery. The 11 a.m. event Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns capped a nearly two-hour observance.

Following the ceremony, the president participated in the Memorial Day Service at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery along with Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. 

The Tomb of the Unknowns is also serving as the site of a "national moment of silence" ceremony at 2:55 p.m., and a memorial service by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at 5 p.m. 

The National Memorial Day Parade is set to include a special tribute this year to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to the first responders. The parade in the District of Columbia kicks off at 2 p.m. Monday and runs through 5 p.m.

In Falls Church, the 30th annual Memorial Day Parade starts at 2 p.m. with a reviewing stand across from the city's community center. A 3K fun run will be held in the morning and a veterans' ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. 

The city of Rockville is also hosting a Memorial Day ceremony, emceed by ABC7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff. The event started at 11 a.m. at the Rockville Town Square Plaza. The festivities included a musical tribute by the city’s all-volunteer band and the Rockville Community Chorus, a traditional wreath laying, and a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors. Following the ceremony, the 67th Memorial Day Parade got underway.

The Smithsonian museums are open today and the National Zoo opened at 10 a.m.

ABC7’s Jummy Olabanji has some other ways people will honor the fallen.

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